May 15, 2014 12:00 am JST

Thailand's problem fast becoming a crisis

Thailand's deepening political chaos is clouding its future. Large-scale, anti-government demonstrations that gripped Bangkok for more than six months eventually led to the Constitutional Court stripping Yingluck Shinawatra of her position as prime minister.

     No clear plans for further elections have emerged, since the judiciary ruled a February general election invalid. The Southeast Asian country is still divided along pro- and anti-Thaksin lines, eight years after a military coup deposed Yingluck's brother from the prime minister's office.

     And the political stalemate is casting an ever-darker shadow over the country's economy.